Lara Cerosky (Nepal)

Lara is a French and German national and currently completing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at SciencesPo Paris, where she is specialising in Global Risk and South and Central Asian Studies. As part of a class project, she is working for UNICEF Nepal, elaborating advocacy strategies to implement the national nutrition plan and raise awareness for malnutrition issues in Nepal. Simultaneous to her studies, she is volunteering at the French association France Terre d’Asile and helping asylum seekers in their legal, administrative and social procedures. Prior to that, earned a double-bachelor in social and political science between SciencesPo and the Freie Universität Berlin, where she specialised child rights, gender issues and refugee law. She has two passions in life: journalism and human rights. She started volunteering many years ago, as a part of Amnesty International Action Against Hunger, teaching children from minority communities. Her biggest project was building a school in the village of Dompleu, in Côte d’Ivoire. Her student association Afric@ction organized the project, raised funds, participated in the building process and discussed a cooperative project to empower local women. As a journalist, she interned in two newspapers, but her biggest achievements remain two amateur documentaries she produced for a French foundation called Zellidja. The first was in India, where she focused on social inequalities within the Indian society; the second was in Indonesia, where she gave a voice to indigenous clans from West-Papua, suffering from discrimination.



The Problem is not the Law

11 Jul
 

Children representatives of Nepal’s 7 regions are taking part in the National Conference of Child Participation 2018, organised by Consortium Nepal. (Kathmandu/LC)

 

 

One can often feel the law is not working with their best interests in mind.

 

I wonder how true that is though. Were you the one that caused the incident you complained about? Are you lying? Are you truly not at all responsible? 

If that is the case, you’ll want to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer to help you out. A personal injury attorney is a lawyer who provides legal services to those who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence of another person, company, government agency or any entity, personal injury lawyer primarily practice in the area of law known as tort law. Examples of common personal injury claims include injuries from slip and fall accidents, traffic collisions, defective products, workplace injuries and professional malpractice, but if you are ever in a car accident, then you should consider hiring a different lawyer by visiting lawboss.com.

What do you do in the event that you get yourself involved in an car accident? No one would ever think of getting involved in accident, but the fact is that it holds the potential to happen any moment without a prior notice. As a matter of fact, vehicles can develop some mechanical faults at any unexpected moments, due to which we have less success in completely eliminating car accidents from occurring. You can contact to Angell Law Firm’ car accident attorney for further details. It is important and highly advisable that in a situation when you get involved in accident, you take certain measures to seek some form of compensation and settlements from the case. One of the very things that come into mind when this happens is the idea of consulting car accident attorneys. It is indeed a step, which will take you in the right direction as one can’t undermine the importance of attorneys on such matters. Since, they are professional attorneys specialized in accident laws, they are able to give you useful suggestions to help you in your quest for justice. The aim of this article is to discuss some of the factors, which are worth considering before choosing car accident attorneys for your prospective case. This process can be more demanding than you might think it to be. The considerations you make are to guide while choosing the right attorney for your case.

In the first place, you are required to ask your family and friends. In other words, you are advised to adopt the referral system. Someone who has been in this situation will be able to make a good recommendation for your benefit. Moreover, it will help build trust on an unknown car accident attorney, who has rendered good services in the past. However, in this case, the internet could also be a good source for locating potential attorneys.

The term “trial lawyers” is used to refer to personal injury attorney firms, even though many other types of lawyers, including defense lawyers and criminal prosecutors also appear in trials and even though most personal injury claims are settled without going to trial.

There are many types of accidents that come under the ambit of personal injury. Most of these accidents take place because of the negligence of another person but you and your loved ones usually have to bear the brunt of it unless you can get the assistance of a talented Personal Injury Lawyers. Most companies or people who have caused accidents will not voluntarily give money as compensation, and even if they do the amount is sure to be less than what you deserve.

These accidents range from ones that you receive while at work to others that you get while at leisure. For instance, you might be incapacitated because of certain materials you have been exposed to at work or might suffer a fall at your office because of an uneven stair. Ironically, your employer might even terminate your employment because of injuries that you have suffered at the workplace! Similarly, you might get injured because of a collision with another vehicle or because the road you were traveling on was not maintained.

It is very important for you to contact the best possible personal injury lawyer as soon as you have suffered an accident because this is in your best interests. You should ensure that only the best lawyers handle your case because shoddy legal help can actually weaken your case. It is tragic to think about the people who jeopardized their chances to get a substantial monetary compensation for their injuries only because they failed to get a good team of injury lawyers.

You need an personal injury lawyer who has the ability to fight your case doggedly because that is what it sometimes takes to get a person or organization to make a large payment for damage that they have caused to you. You deserve nothing but the very best legal representation, which includes a lawyer who will go to great lengths to win your case.

The personal injury lawyer you hire should have the most comprehensive knowledge of the legal system as well as plenty of experience handling a whole lot of personal injury litigations. In addition, the personal injury lawyer needs to have empathy in dealing with your case. It also helps if you contact the best BC injury lawyers because the reputation of your legal team will help influence the other party’s willingness to offer a handsome settlement.

Select your personal injury lawyer with a great deal of care because your future and that of your family depends on it. Besides, you are hardly asking for anything that you do not deserve. Most legal firms will not charge you for the initial consultation. In fact, there are some that will only charge you if you receive a settlement in compensation for your injuries. Go right ahead and hire the best lawyer you can find so that you get the best possible compensation for your injuries.

It has been challenging to tolerate the dozens of street dogs fighting and yelling at each other at every hour of the night (reminds me how impressed I was as a child about dogs communicating over miles, in the Disney cartoon 1001 Dalmatians), but I generally wake up at 5am when my neighbours one after the other ring the bell for the morning puja. I got used to wear a mask, like everyone here, due to the heavy pollution and dust in Kathmandu, and enjoy the shower in the evening rubbing off all the dust accumulated over the day. I try to stay calm while walking 45 minutes to the office and being constantly horned by bikes, taxis, microbuses and trucks and trying not to be run over by these.

One of the best things is the children of any age greeting me in English or Nepali, during my journey up the hill to the office. They are smiling and giggling when I greet back, or they look proudly up to their parents, as if it has been a challenge to talk with a stranger, that looks like a western additionally.

One child representative presenting herself and the region she is originated from. (Kathmandu/LC)

Speaking about children, I promised in my last blog to post stories about my trips to the seven schools supported by CONCERN. Unfortunately, I had to postpone the school visits because of holidays. So I will not write about the kids I planned to meet, but about all the kids living in Nepal and especially about the 1.6 million that are trapped in labour exploitation.

Last week, I attended the National Conference on Child Participation organised by the Consortium Nepal (Consortium of Organizations Working for Child Participation) bringing together 38 organisations which CONCERN is a member of. Children representatives from Nepal’s 7 regions were also part of the conference. Child labour was part of the discussion, and during the two hours, the invited guests spoke about the difficulty to implement the many laws protecting children from work on a national and local level.

 

Children representatives of Nepal’s 7 regions are discussing about ways to improve child participation in the political discourse, at the National Conference of Child Participation 2018. (Kathmandu/LC)

 

Ms. Mohna Ansari, from the National Human Rights Commission, asks the Nepalese government to ensure that existing laws protecting children are being implemented. (Kathmandu/LC)

Special guest Ms. Mohna Ansari, from the National Human Rights Commission pointed out that adults are too much dominating children and that these children need to be given opportunity to raise their voice, adding that still too many children are working, especially in brick factories. She addressed the Chief guest Ms. Tham Maya Thapa, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, on the reasons preventing the government to initiate an effective process that would lead to concrete implementation of existing laws. The latter one replied that the government is working on a new law on child protection that aims to be more inclusive regarding all kinds of child labour.

However, after hearing again and again that these laws already existing but not implemented, I wonder what a new law could improve.

 

Chief guest of the Conference on Child Participation is Ms. Tham Maya Thapa, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare. (Kathmandu/LC)

Since the conference was in Nepali, Prakash translated the most important points. Ms. Tham Maya Thapa did not explain how the existing laws could be implemented though. However, I recall Prakash telling me she was joking about children from rich Nepalese families that aren’t able to say where rice is produced, because they think “it comes from the local supermarket”.

To their disappointment, once the children’ were about to speak, the guests had already left. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to stay for the panel discussion either, but I asked for the presentations to be sent to me. To my disappointment this time, the presentations kept repeating what I already heard during the whole morning, that the Nepalese government is already advanced regarding children’s protection laws. Nothing about the way to proceed to its implementation, nothing about tackling the root causes.

 

After presenting himself and the child club he was from, the boy ironically joked about the sense of the minister’s intervention if she already had left when children finally picked up the word. (Kathmandu/LC)

Speaking about law, they are many national and international agreements, conventions and legal acts protecting children from working, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s leading agreements on the issue (1973 and 1999), and the Convention for the Rights of the Child (1989). But Nepal also passed many laws itself with leading agreements containing extensive rights relating to children (Comprehensive Peace accord 2006; Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007; Children’s Act but not comprehensive enough).

“How to make sure existing laws get implemented? How to dialogue with people who are part of the child labour industry? How to control persons, infrastructures to make sure they aren’t employing children anymore?”, I kept asking myself.

I hope finding answers about this crucial issue during the next few weeks and hope to be able to figure out which challenges need to be overcome to protect children effectively.

 

 

(Blog I wrote before going to Dang, a region of western Nepal, with another Peace Fellow, Michelle, who is working with BASE.)

Before the beginning of the conference, Chief guest Ms. Tham Maya Thapa, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, lighted the candle, a sign of a blessed and prosperous meeting. (Kathmandu/LC)

 

Posted By Lara Cerosky (Nepal)

Posted Jul 11th, 2018

10 Comments

  • Ali

    July 11, 2018

     

    Great post, Lara. This issue is very challenging but I am looking forward to learning more over the next few weeks as you seek to answer the important questions that you have posed.

    • Lara Cerosky (Nepal)

      July 13, 2018

       

      It is challenging indeed and I really hope to figure out what hinders the implementation process!

  • Corinne Cummings

    July 11, 2018

     

    Hi Lara, thank you for your blog–it’s beautifully written. Also, your pictures are fantastic; you captured the moment perfectly with all your subjects. This information that you posted will be great for the next blog digest, as you incorporated meaningful commentary on child labor and the thoughts surrounding the issue. That must have been interesting to attend the National Conference on Child Participation, for being in another language that you don’t know, you seemed to have gotten a lot out of the experience. You bring up a valid point about the Nepalese government–nothing will be achieved adequately until the government tackles the root causes of the problem with child labor. I wonder how much progress will be made in the time that you are there in Nepal. I look forward to staying tuned with your blogs; I hope you do find more answers to this critical issue. Good luck! Take care, Lara.
    Best wishes, Corinne

    • Lara Cerosky (Nepal)

      July 13, 2018

       

      Namaste Corinne! Thanks for your long and detailed comments. I really appreciate your time reading the blogs and commenting them. I really hope to find out more and will definitely write about it in further blogs!

  • Princia Vas

    July 11, 2018

     

    Amazing post Lara and the pictures you have on this post are so captivating. I look forward to learning more about your journey and work in Nepal in the next couple of weeks 🙂

    • Lara Cerosky (Nepal)

      July 13, 2018

       

      Thank you Princia! I will surely post more blogs on my work in Nepal, and with CONCERN once I’m back to Kathmandu!

  • Marsha

    July 11, 2018

     

    Keep up your good work And seeking answers. Challenging issue indeed. Bises

    • Lara Cerosky (Nepal)

      July 13, 2018

       

      Thanks for reading Marsha! Challenging issues that raise a lot of questions. Hope to be able to report on my findings in further blogs. Bises from Nepal

  • Samantha

    July 12, 2018

     

    Hi Lara! Thank you for your post, I look forward to reading more about your thoughts and interaction while in Nepal. I’m sorry to hear your school site visits were put on hold; however, I can assure you we at the office are very anxious to hear all about it once you are able to go! Thanks Lara.

    • Lara Cerosky (Nepal)

      July 13, 2018

       

      Hi Samantha! I’m also reaaaally eager to eventually go to the schools and see the kids, play with them, talk to their families and teachers and see how is the environment they are surrounded by. Hopefully, one of my next blog will finally profile these children!

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